This curry, like most vegetable curries, is popular for Hindu holidays such as Paghwa and Diwali, or prayer meetings, where vegetarian fare must be served. Chataigne (pronounced Shah-type) is the French word for chestnut and the Trinidadian name for breadnut, a starchy tree fruit that is similar to breadfruit in taste and family, but closer to chestnut in appearance. Also called jackfruit or by the Indian name katahar, chataigne is available in most Asian, Indian, and Caribbean markets. Canned jackfruit in sweet syrup is available as well and is a popular dessert in East Asia. I have also seen frozen Thai jackfruit pulp but the fruit is generally shredded and seedless.
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